It is still snowing here.
Speaking of snow: I just finished Snow Blind by Lori Armstrong, the last book in the Julie Collins series. I enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to reading No Mercy, which is the first book in her new mystery series.
The Julie Collins books are all around the 500-page mark. It got me thinking about the length of the books I usually read. I used to say I didn’t have a preference and that the number of pages should fit the story. Basically, I still believe this. However, I’ve noticed recently that I groan if I see a book is 600-plus pages long. I have Ken Follett’s latest release, Fall of Giants, but at almost 1000 pages, I don’t feel inspired to read it. I’m about 100 pages into The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Although it’s very good so far, the length is daunting. I keep reading other books and going back to it.
So what’s changed for me? Lack of time, I suspect. I’m a reader who likes to finish books in one sitting, or over a couple of evenings at the most. With the exception of Harlequin series romances, most of the books I buy are around 400 pages long. This seems to be the standard length for romances and mysteries these days. I guess I’ve grown used to this length.
Do you have a preferred length for the books you read?